Hey everybody. Jen Hatmaker here, your host of the For The Love Podcast. Welcome to the show. We got a big one today. Right now we are in a series called For the Love of Therapy, which needs no explanation. This is just important, the end. What’s important to the community is important to the podcast. We knew that we wanted to build a powerful series around mental wellness and therapy and all the ways we get there. So today, we have actor and talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith. She was actually named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021. That’s huge. Obviously, a co-host of Red Table Talk, which won a daytime Emmy, and if you don’t know her just by her name alone, I can never list all her movies, so I don’t even– Nutty Professor and Bad Moms and Magic Mike XXL and Girls’ Trip and The Matrix Revolutions–things just go on forever. She’s really done it all. She was a lead singer and songwriter for a metal band. She published a children’s book that went to number two on the New York Times bestseller list. She’s married to a pretty famous dude, but she’s her own person and she was her own person way before Will, and that’s really what we’re talking about today. She’s an outrageous talent in her own right, obviously, but she also had a whole life, a childhood, and an adolescence that deeply informed who she is and where she is. We talk about all that, but I’m just thrilled to have her as part of the series because as you’ll hear, therapy and therapeutic interventions were a huge part of her story. In fact, in her book, which I got to read early, she starts out with sort of her therapeutic wellness practices and then goes back and says, “Why am I here”, and builds up to that point again.
She is wildly honest and as far as I can tell, didn’t seem to hold back a single detail. So in her beautiful book coming out called Worthy, wait until you see the cover, she really kind of explores her path to accepting her power as a person, as a woman, and her discovery that this strong sense of self and this internal compass is every woman’s right and her saving grace, and it’s just beautiful. It really is just a beautiful story. Also, she had amazing things to say about motherhood and what self-love does for our hearts and our souls and what it means for our healing. It was really powerful and really candid, and it was a side of Jada–I told her this at the beginning of the interview–I followed her career pretty closely. I’ve seen, I think almost everything she’s ever been in and Red Table –I know her work, and when I read her book, I’m like, “Holy moly, I did not know that and I did not know that, and I did not know that.” If you didn’t already, you are going to adore her after you hear this conversation. I’m just delighted to have her on the show. The wonderful Jada Pinkett.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021.
Red Table Talk
Girls Hold Up This World by Jada Pinkett Smith and Donyelle Kennedy
Worthy by Jada Pinkett Smith
A Different World